This week a decision has been made by the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups about the future of hyper acute stroke services across the South Yorkshire region. Hyper acute stroke treatment is the specialist treatment needed in the first 72 hours following a stroke.
The decision means that initial hyper acute treatment for patients who have had strokes will now be provided in hospitals in Chesterfield, Doncaster and Sheffield (and Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield which is closer for some Barnsley patients).
All other treatments and care following the initial 72 hours (depending on the condition of the patient) will continue in local hospitals, including Rotherham, with patients being taken to their local hospital once they are fit and well enough to be transferred.
The decision was taken after detailed work was carried out and is aimed at making the services for stroke patients sustainable across the area.
Around 15 people per week need specialist hyper acute stroke treatment with rapid scanning, assessments and treatments, including thrombolysis where appropriate. Working in a different way will ensure that the right staff, with the right skills, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the specialist centres.
Louise Barnett, Chief Executive, said: “Our priority is to make sure all Rotherham people have access to high-quality services that provide the best care for their needs. Providing hyper acute stroke care in a different way will give all patients in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw quick access to specialist treatments.
“I know that the staff here at Rotherham Hospital and in the community do a fantastic job and are fully committed to providing high quality care for anyone who needs it and as part of the wider review of hospital services we will work with all partners to support our teams in continuing to do so.”